Vol. 2: 1935-1940

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All Music Guide - John Bush
JSP continued its steady trawl through the discography of the swing era's most extroverted bandleader with Vol. 2: 1935-1940, the second four-disc box of Cab Calloway chronological recordings. Four years beyond his breakout with "Minnie the Moocher," Calloway was leading one of the most entertaining bands of the '30s thanks in large part to his own frontman skills, and after the first session or two here, he began filling it with more musical talent. Ben Webster makes his first appearance midway through the first disc, for a May 1936 date, and though he only appears on 16 selections, his replacement -- Chu Berry -- lost barely a step filling in. On that same 1936 date, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
JSP continued its steady trawl through the discography of the swing era's most extroverted bandleader with Vol. 2: 1935-1940, the second four-disc box of Cab Calloway chronological recordings. Four years beyond his breakout with "Minnie the Moocher," Calloway was leading one of the most entertaining bands of the '30s thanks in large part to his own frontman skills, and after the first session or two here, he began filling it with more musical talent. Ben Webster makes his first appearance midway through the first disc, for a May 1936 date, and though he only appears on 16 selections, his replacement -- Chu Berry -- lost barely a step filling in. On that same 1936 date, bassist Milt Hinton joined the rock-solid rhythm section also including Leroy Maxey, and later Cozy Cole, on drums, and Benny Payne on piano, for a stint that would last to the end of the decade. With all the talent on display, it's a bit of a shame that Calloway continued recording so many throwaway jive novelties, but he's usually a delight in any circumstances; his 30-second introductory vocal riff on "Nagasaki" is brilliant, and he nearly breaks into laughter at his own nonsense vocals. He does a little Louis Armstrong emulation on the same track, then dips into Bing Crosby during "Save Me, Sister." It shouldn't be a surprise that Calloway dominates the proceedings, but the musicians also get in some good licks on a pair of instrumentals, "Queen Isabelle" and "Savage Rhythm." A dozen tracks, most on the fourth disc, feature a trumpet section boasting Dizzy Gillespie, Mario Bauza, and Doc Cheatham, and find the new additions making an immediate impression. Besides some of the best solos of the period, their compositional and arranging skills benefited Calloway's band tremendously -- "Chili con Conga" and "Vuelva" for Bauza, and "Pickin' the Cabbage" for Gillespie. During the late '30s, a surfeit of similar jive features often caused critics to ignore Cab Calloway & His Orchestra, but as JSP proves, the group recorded dozens of sides worthy of attention from swing fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065901424
  • Catalog Number: 914
  • Sales rank: 183,477

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Good Sauce from the Gravy Bowl (3:10)
  2. 2 Keep That Hi-De-Hi in Your Soul (2:58)
  3. 3 Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable to Lunch Today) (3:07)
  4. 4 I Ain't Got Nobody (3:04)
  5. 5 Nagasaki (2:59)
  6. 6 Baby Won't You Please Come Home (3:16)
  7. 7 I Love to Sing-A (3:09)
  8. 8 You're the Cure for What Ails Me (3:05)
  9. 9 Save Me, Sister (3:05)
  10. 10 Love Is the Reason (3:16)
  11. 11 When You're Smiling (3:21)
  12. 12 Jes' Natch'ully Lazy (3:12)
  13. 13 Are You in Love With Me Again? (3:11)
  14. 14 Copper Colored Gal (2:47)
  15. 15 Frisco Flo (3:28)
  16. 16 The Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Swing (3:21)
  17. 17 The Hi-De-Ho Miracle Man (3:18)
  18. 18 Don't Know If I'm Comin' or Goin' (2:44)
  19. 19 My Gal Mezzanine (2:42)
  20. 20 That Man Is Here Again (2:39)
  21. 21 Reckin' (2:59)
  22. 22 Congo (2:37)
  23. 23 Swing, Swing, Swing (2:42)
  24. 24 Wake Up and Live (2:30)
  25. 25 Manhattan Jam (2:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Moon at Sea (2:58)
  2. 2 I'm Always in the Mood for You (2:55)
  3. 3 She's Tall, She's Tan, She's Teriffic (2:33)
  4. 4 Go South Young Man (2:11)
  5. 5 Mama, I Wanna Make Rhythm (3:02)
  6. 6 Hi De Ho Romeo (2:50)
  7. 7 Queen Isabella (2:46)
  8. 8 Savage Rhythm (2:34)
  9. 9 Every Day's a Holiday (2:25)
  10. 10 Jubilee (2:31)
  11. 11 In an Old English Village (3:09)
  12. 12 (Just An) Error in the News (2:48)
  13. 13 A Minor Breakdown (Rustle of Swing) (2:28)
  14. 14 Bugle Blues (2:29)
  15. 15 One Big Union for Two (2:56)
  16. 16 Doing the Reactionary (2:42)
  17. 17 Rustle of Swing (3:00)
  18. 18 Three Swings and Out (2:15)
  19. 19 I Like Music (With a Swing Like That) (2:37)
  20. 20 Foolin' With You (2:35)
  21. 21 Azure (2:48)
  22. 22 Skrontch (2:53)
  23. 23 We're Breakin' Up a Lovely Affair (3:01)
  24. 24 Peck-A-Doodle-Do (2:51)
  25. 25 At the Clambake Carnival (2:29)
  26. 26 Hoy-Hoy (2:50)
  27. 27 Miss Hallelujah Brown (2:23)
  28. 28 The Conga-Conga (2:59)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Boogie Woogie (2:39)
  2. 2 There's a Sunny Side to Everything (2:27)
  3. 3 Shout, Shout, Shout (2:37)
  4. 4 Mister Paganini, Swing for Minnie (2:52)
  5. 5 Jive (Page One of the Hepster's Dictionary) (2:57)
  6. 6 Penguin Swing (3:25)
  7. 7 Do You Wanna Jump Children? (2:25)
  8. 8 I'm Madly in Love With You (2:59)
  9. 9 April in My Heart (2:40)
  10. 10 Blue Interlude (2:37)
  11. 11 F.D.R. Jones (2:23)
  12. 12 Deep in a Dream (3:00)
  13. 13 Tee-Um, Tee-Um, Tee-I, Tahiti (2:11)
  14. 14 Angels With Dirty Faces (2:57)
  15. 15 Long, Long Ago (2:25)
  16. 16 Afraid of Love (2:31)
  17. 17 Ratamacue (2:26)
  18. 18 Ad-De-Dey (2:44)
  19. 19 A New Moon and an Old Serenade (2:37)
  20. 20 One Look at You (2:46)
  21. 21 The Ghost of Smokey Joe (2:48)
  22. 22 Floogie Walk (2:20)
  23. 23 Trylon Swing (2:49)
  24. 24 Utt-Da-Zay (2:57)
  25. 25 Crescendo in Drums (2:47)
  26. 26 (Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin' Jive (2:51)
  27. 27 For the Last Time I Cried Over You (2:52)
  28. 28 Twee-Twee-Tweet (2:46)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Pluckin' the Bass (2:44)
  2. 2 I Ain't Gettin' Nowhere Fast (2:48)
  3. 3 Chili Con Conga (3:02)
  4. 4 Tarzan of Harlem (2:49)
  5. 5 Jiveformation, Please (2:30)
  6. 6 Vuelva (2:55)
  7. 7 A Bee Gezindt (2:52)
  8. 8 Give, Baby, Give (2:37)
  9. 9 Sincere Love (2:43)
  10. 10 Do It Again (2:53)
  11. 11 Pickin' the Cabbage (2:48)
  12. 12 Chop, Chop. Charlie Chan (3:03)
  13. 13 Paradiddle (2:59)
  14. 14 Boog It (2:57)
  15. 15 Calling All Bars (2:46)
  16. 16 Do I Care? No, No (2:47)
  17. 17 The Lone Arranger (2:32)
  18. 18 Feelin' Tip Top (2:38)
  19. 19 Topsy Turvy (Hard Times) (3:21)
  20. 20 Hi-De-Ho Serenade (2:52)
  21. 21 Who's Yehoodi? (3:09)
  22. 22 Fifteen Minute Intermission (2:54)
  23. 23 Rhapsody in Rhumba (2:48)
  24. 24 Come on With the "Come On" (2:57)
  25. 25 The Ghost of a Chance (3:00)
  26. 26 Bye Bye Blues (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cab Calloway Primary Artist, Vocals
Danny Barker Guitar
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Cozy Cole Drums
Tyree Glenn Trombone, Vibes
Mario Bauzá Trumpet
Jerry Blake Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
William Thornton Blue Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Garvin Bushell Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Doc Cheatham Trumpet
Shad Collins Trumpet
Arville Harris Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Milt Hinton String Bass
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
Keg Johnson Trombone
Claude Jones Trombone
Leroy Maxey Drums
Al Morgan String Bass
Benny Payne Piano, Celeste
Irving "Mouse" Randolph Trumpet
Edwin Swayzee Trumpet
De Priest Wheeler Trombone
Morris White Guitar
Lammar Wright Sr. Trumpet
June Richmond Vocals
Harry White Trombone
Andrew Brown Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Walter "Foots" Thomas Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Chauncey Houghton Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Bing Crosby Composer
Earl Bostic Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Danny Barker Composer
Chu Berry Composer
Cab Calloway Composer, Director
Roy Eldridge Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Cozy Cole Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Andy Gibson Arranger, Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Frank Froeba Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Harold Rome Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Robert Maxwell Composer
Josef Myrow Composer
Jack Pettis Composer
Stanley Adams Composer
David Bennett Composer
Benny Carter Arranger, Composer
Rube Bloom Composer
Buddy Cannon Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Joe Davis Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Mark Fisher Composer
Joe Goodwin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Roger Graham Composer
Porter Grainger Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Will Hudson Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Jack Palmer Composer
Benny Payne Composer
Leon René Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Larry Stock Composer
Edwin Swayzee Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Morris White Composer
Chappie Willett Arranger, Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Victor Young Composer
Jerome Jerome Composer
C. Jones Composer
Chauncey Gray Composer
Herbert Stothart Composer
Teddy Powell Composer
Edgar Battle Arranger, Composer
Willie Bryant Composer
Bert Lown Composer
Phil Spitalny Composer
Buster Harding Composer
Ted Kendall Remastering
Patricia Platzman Composer
Albert Sendrey Composer
Sally-Ann Worsfold Sleeve Notes
Ralph Yaw Composer
Howard E. Johnson Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Mort Dixon Composer
George Forrest Composer
Henry Nemo Composer
Harry Revel Composer
Benny Davis Composer
Paul Denniker Composer
Buddy Feyne Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Emanuel Kurtz Composer
Otis Rene Composer
Larry Shay Composer
Sunny Skylar Composer
Lester Lee Composer
Ira Schuster Composer
Victor Seisman Composer
Dan Shapiro Composer
Gladys Shelley Composer
Hezekiah Leroy Gordon Smith Composer
Otis Spencer Composer
Battle Thomas Composer
Richard Byron Composer
Al Donahue Composer
Ben Ellison Composer
Lupin Fein Composer
Jerry Seelen Composer
Abe Tuvim Composer
Charles Warfield Composer
Kay Werner Composer
Bill Seckler Composer
Irv Carroll Composer
Edward Pola Composer
Dave Peyton Composer
Helen Meinardi Composer
Harry Pease Composer
Frederick Hamm Composer
Barry Trivers Composer
Edward Ward Composer
Lee Wainer Composer
Mona Conrad Composer
Paul Girlando Composer
Robert Wright Composer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
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